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Dallas police arrest man with fake bomb at Uptown office building

A man who officers found to have a fake bomb strapped to his body was arrested Thursday afternoon after engaging in multiple fights at an Uptown office building, Dallas police said.

Shortly after 5:30 p.m. Thursday, officers were notified of a vehicle theft in progress in the parking lot of an office building in the 4100 block of the northbound North Central Expressway service road, police said.

The person the car belonged to was able to prevent the theft and got into a fight with the suspect before going into a next-door office building and alerting security, police said.

Another fight broke out inside the office building, police said. Officers were able to calm down the suspect and placed him in handcuffs, but the man then said he “had something on him,” police said. Under the man’s shirt, officers found what appeared to be an explosive device that turned out to be a fake, police said.

A Dallas police SWAT team and the department’s explosive ordinance division was called, and the man was arrested and taken to a hospital for evaluation, police said.

The suspect, whom police had not identified late Saturday, faces charges of robbery and having a fake bomb, police said.

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